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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    It’s been decided. After a conversation with Ron, I’m sending it to montblanc and going forward with their repair no matter how much they replace. I think since it’s not a sentimental pen, and it’s not a particularly rare example, having things replaced isn’t a bad deal. I’ll be in this (according to their website and a bit of reading online) around another $100. Even at double that, I still feel like that’s a killer deal for a renewed 149 especially since I’ll have the story of finding it second hand for $10. How could I not get this pen up and running again. I’m beyond excited to get it back. I shipped it off earlier today


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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Congratulations on your great find. From the parts shown, your pen was made between 1985-1990. It's a beautiful fountain pen and certainly worth investing in a proper repair. Good luck with your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
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    ...I requested that it be left alone on the repair form. So we will see....
    Experience has shown this can lead to disappointment. If you want to preserve a Montblanc's originality, a Montblanc factory-authorized repair in North America is risky, depending on the age of the pen. If this 149 was my pen for personal use or resale, I would not send it to Montblanc or My Jewelry Repair. Had the pen been made in the 21st century, I'd consider them (though there's been issues with My Jewelry Repair).

    Not to go off topic but, what types of issues with My Jewelry Repair? They have a 146 Solitaire of mine on their bench as we speak. It got me alarmed

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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    There have been a couple of fairly recent long threads about My Jewellery Repair. You will easily find them if you search in the search box
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    My confidence in MJR is low enough and my frustration high enough that I'm planning on saying "Forget the warranty" on my new finnicky 146 Calligraphy and hope that Richard Binder(or if not him someone else) can sort out the problems with it at the show this weekend...

    Even on a warranty repair(and in my case even on a pen that wasn't right from the factory), you are on the hook to pay round trip shipping. You can't just box the pen up and send it however you want, either-you have to generate and pay for a shipping label through their website, and on a completed repair you have to pay for the return shipping to "release" the item. Each shipment is $25-30, so a warranty trip is $50-60.

    I have minimal confidence in their ability to even see the problem with my 146C, especially given that it will write fine for 2-3 lines, and if they see it my confidence in their ability to fix it is even lower given how new these are and how small of a fraction of overall MB production they represent(and the nibs are unlike any other current/recent production MB nibs aside obviously from the 149 Calligraphy). Consequently, $50 or $100 or however much at a pen show to someone who actually KNOWS nibs, will understand the problem, and will make sure it's fixed to my satisfaction is well worth blowing the warranty. The rest of the pen is pretty standard bulletproof modern 146.

    I'd have less reservation about having them handle the OP's repair, though, as it's not anything especially out of the ordinary. Just don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    My confidence in MJR is low enough and my frustration high enough that I'm planning on saying "Forget the warranty" on my new finnicky 146 Calligraphy and hope that Richard Binder(or if not him someone else) can sort out the problems with it at the show this weekend...

    Even on a warranty repair(and in my case even on a pen that wasn't right from the factory), you are on the hook to pay round trip shipping. You can't just box the pen up and send it however you want, either-you have to generate and pay for a shipping label through their website, and on a completed repair you have to pay for the return shipping to "release" the item. Each shipment is $25-30, so a warranty trip is $50-60.

    I have minimal confidence in their ability to even see the problem with my 146C, especially given that it will write fine for 2-3 lines, and if they see it my confidence in their ability to fix it is even lower given how new these are and how small of a fraction of overall MB production they represent(and the nibs are unlike any other current/recent production MB nibs aside obviously from the 149 Calligraphy). Consequently, $50 or $100 or however much at a pen show to someone who actually KNOWS nibs, will understand the problem, and will make sure it's fixed to my satisfaction is well worth blowing the warranty. The rest of the pen is pretty standard bulletproof modern 146.

    I'd have less reservation about having them handle the OP's repair, though, as it's not anything especially out of the ordinary. Just don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 months.
    I think Richard Binder closed his repair service several years ago. My recollection is that he is recommending Indy Pen Dance.

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    Ask Joel Hamilton to have a look.
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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    There have been a couple of fairly recent long threads about My Jewellery Repair. You will easily find them if you search in the search box
    Apologies. Aaargh!! I didn't see the "auto-corrected" British spelling for Jewelry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alperozt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    My confidence in MJR is low enough and my frustration high enough that I'm planning on saying "Forget the warranty" on my new finnicky 146 Calligraphy and hope that Richard Binder(or if not him someone else) can sort out the problems with it at the show this weekend...

    Even on a warranty repair(and in my case even on a pen that wasn't right from the factory), you are on the hook to pay round trip shipping. You can't just box the pen up and send it however you want, either-you have to generate and pay for a shipping label through their website, and on a completed repair you have to pay for the return shipping to "release" the item. Each shipment is $25-30, so a warranty trip is $50-60.

    I have minimal confidence in their ability to even see the problem with my 146C, especially given that it will write fine for 2-3 lines, and if they see it my confidence in their ability to fix it is even lower given how new these are and how small of a fraction of overall MB production they represent(and the nibs are unlike any other current/recent production MB nibs aside obviously from the 149 Calligraphy). Consequently, $50 or $100 or however much at a pen show to someone who actually KNOWS nibs, will understand the problem, and will make sure it's fixed to my satisfaction is well worth blowing the warranty. The rest of the pen is pretty standard bulletproof modern 146.

    I'd have less reservation about having them handle the OP's repair, though, as it's not anything especially out of the ordinary. Just don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 months.
    I think Richard Binder closed his repair service several years ago. My recollection is that he is recommending Indy Pen Dance.
    He still does pen shows, including the St. Louis show that is coming up this weekend.

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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Send it to Ron Z. or through a Mont Blanc "boutique". A new 149 is around $1200, so I would eagerly pay $100 for repairs.

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    I sent it in, I’ve paid for the repair, and shipping. Which is wildly overpriced and almost price gouging. But, all in including sales price of the pen, I’ll be $160 for what should be a fully refurbished 149


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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Update, it’s being mailed back as we speak! Just got the notification earlier today. I expect it by early next week! *A lot faster than I was expecting based on other posts about their repair service.

    now, we will see what I get back in the mail soon!!!*


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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Great. Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    Great. Keep us posted.
    I’ll have an update today. Shipping was updated to show delivery today!


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    Default Re: I bought a used Meisterstück No 149 and need your help!!

    Ok, well, it arrived today. Cap was not replaced so all the original scars from its first life still live on. However, it’s a terrible writer. Scratchy, doesn’t always have ink, I had to turn the piston once to get ink to flow again. It’s consistently doesn’t write on the first stroke:… really bummed. But, it’s still a pretty pen :/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero138 View Post
    Ok, well, it arrived today. Cap was not replaced so all the original scars from its first life still live on. However, it’s a terrible writer. Scratchy, doesn’t always have ink, I had to turn the piston once to get ink to flow again. It’s consistently doesn’t write on the first stroke:… really bummed. But, it’s still a pretty pen :/


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    I forgot: has it had a really good really long soak yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero138 View Post
    Ok, well, it arrived today. Cap was not replaced so all the original scars from its first life still live on. However, it’s a terrible writer. Scratchy, doesn’t always have ink, I had to turn the piston once to get ink to flow again. It’s consistently doesn’t write on the first stroke:… really bummed. But, it’s still a pretty pen :/


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    Okay. Those are all things that should have been checked and fixed but the good news is that all of those things are most likely minor problems for any competent person like Ron.

    I don't know where you are located but it's very likely that there is someone near by that can help or that we can suggest. Again, contact Ron and also Danny Fudge at The Write Pen. (scroll down to Nib Services at the bottom of the page)

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